February 18: the Connecting Industry Conference NSW to Feature More Than $12B of Projects

The Connecting Industry Conference NSW will feature more than $12 billion of procurement opportunities within the New South Wales resource and construction industry delivered via live video streaming allowing you to connect, engage, network and have private face to face meetings with presenting projects and their teams, sponsors and other attendees.

February 18: the Connecting Industry Conference NSW to Feature More Than $12B of Projects.

First launched in Queensland during COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, Connecting Industry Conferences are online events designed to assist all tiers of the supply chain from SME’s through to large civil construction and engineering companies on the latest project and procurement information.

The goal is to connect industry by maximizing value based on sustainability for all Stakeholders i.e. business, projects, sponsors, and industry. Resource Industry Media believes industry and business can no longer justify thousands of dollars on tickets, travel, food, and accommodation to attend an event and are asking all Stakeholders to contribute with purpose where their social, economic, and environmental impact is minimal.

Attending the Connecting Industry Conference NSW on 18 February will not only provide access to the latest project and procurement information and network with project presenters, sponsors and participants but also build relationships in an economical, sustainable and responsible way.

Discovering the future exploring the latest procurement opportunities

The Connecting Industry Conference NSW, proudly sponsored by Loadscan, gives access to more than $12 billion of procurement opportunities within the New South Wales resource and construction sector without leaving the office.

Delivered via live video streaming, the Connecting Industry Conference NSW allows you to connect, engage, network and have private face to face meetings with presenting projects and their teams, sponsors and other attendees to build relationships and connect your business to success.

100% of profits from booking fees goes towards indigenous scholarships.

Engage, Network, and Connect at the Connecting Industry Conference

Resource Industry Media and Job Skills Network’s strategic focus is “connecting industry” and the aim is to revolutionize your event engagement and networking experience via the online Connecting Industry Conference  – accessible via your choice of device: your phone, tablet, laptop or desktop.

The Connecting Industry Conference NSW is facilitated via live video streaming allowing you to connect, engage, network and have private face-to-face meetings with presenting projects and their teams, sponsors and other attendees.

Program and Speakers

A full conference program is available to all registered attendees at the Connecting Industry Conference. You can access details of conference presenters, speakers, sponsors and attendees as well as have live private face to face meetings. You can plan your schedule by bookmarking your favorite sessions. The platform can be used to record your thoughts and memorable quotes under each session.

Sunrise Battery Materials Project by Clean TeQ

Clean TeQ is progressing its Sunrise Battery Materials Project in New South Wales, utilizing its Clean-iX technology. Sunrise, once built, will be one of the world’s largest integrated producers of battery-grade nickel and cobalt. The Project is development-ready, with all key permits and approvals in place. Sunrise also hosts one of the largest scandium deposits globally, a metal that will become increasingly important as an alloy in aerospace and automotive applications.

In the early years of operation Sunrise’s state-of-the-art processing facility will produce around 20,000 tonnes per annum of nickel and around 5,000 tonne per annum of cobalt, all in the form of high purity metal salts for the battery industry. Sunrise is designed with one of the lowest carbon footprints in the industry and the capacity to recycle spent battery cathode to recover metals. With a target to be one of the lowest-cost producers in the world, Sunrise is strategically placed to play a role in the electrification of the global auto industry and to support the growth of renewable power generation.

Uungula Wind Farm by CWP Renewables

The Uungula Wind Farm is a wind project located in the NSW Central West currently in development by CWP Renewables. It is proposed to be located approximately 14km east of Wellington on the land north of Lake Burrendong in the Central West-Orana Renewable Energy Zone.

The project includes a proposed 97 wind turbines and optionality for an energy storage facility and will have a generation capacity in the order of 400MW electricity – enough to power over 170,000 homes and avoid the emission of over a million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

Following anticipated approval in early 2021 the project is anticipated to commence the approximately 2.5 year construction period in late 2021.

Hawsons Iron Project by Carpentaria Resources

Carpentaria Resources is answering the world’s call for high-grade iron ore. Hawsons Iron Project is a high-quality iron ore project based on the results of GHD’s prefeasibility study. Located near Broken Hill, the project has high forecast returns for the commodity and project type and unmatched product demand for its grade product, a 70%Fe pellet feed product that meets the long-term global demand profile for inputs and decarbonization of steelmaking.
The US$1.4billion magnetite project is forecast to be a first quartile of the global cost curve, has a clear technical and permitting pathway and an ideal location for operations with existing power, rail and port infrastructure available for a 10Mtpa start-up operation.

It’s a soft ore that allows a different and low power approach to mining and processing challenges and simple liberation of a product of rare quality.

Avonlie Solar Farm by RES Group

RES is developing the Avonlie solar farm located around 20km south of Narrandera, New South Wales. The project is located within the Narrandera Shire Council area.
The project will generate around 200 direct jobs during construction and around 130 indirect supply chain jobs. In addition, it will employ approximately 3-4 full-time staff during the operation and maintenance phase (expected to be 25-30 years). The proposal is for a solar and energy storage facility which will consist of the following components:

  • Around 667,000 solar panels mounted on either a fixed or single-axis tracking system.
  • Access tracks
  • A total solar capacity up to around 200MW
  • Operations and maintenance building with associated car parking
  • An electrical substation
  • Overhead and underground electrical cable reticulation
  • Energy storage
  • Security fencing and CCTV

The employment benefits extend through the local supply chains to fuel supply, vehicle servicing, uniform suppliers, hotels/motels, B&B’s, cafés, pubs, catering and cleaning companies, tradespersons, tool and equipment suppliers and many other businesses.

Australian Rail Track Corporation: Inland Rail

Inland Rail is a project that will enhance supply chains and complete the backbone of the national freight network by providing a transit time of less than 24 hours for freight trains between Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Spanning more than 1,700km across 36 local government areas, Inland Rail will transform the way freight moves around the country, connect regional Australia to markets more efficiently, drive substantial cost savings for producers and consumers, and deliver significant economic benefits.

In New South Wales, Inland Rail is set to provide $2.6 billion in economic benefit and an estimated 5,000 jobs at the peak of construction. In 2016, Infrastructure Australia identified Inland Rail as a ‘Priority Project’, confirming its positive economic and financial benefits to regional communities, industry and the national economy.

Snowy 2.0

Snowy 2.0, currently under construction, is a major expansion of the existing Snowy Scheme that will underpin Australia’s secure and stable transition to a low-carbon emissions future. It will link Tantangara and Talbingo reservoirs through 27km of tunnels and a pumped-hydro power station about 800m below ground.

The Snowy 2.0 renewable energy project will provide an additional 2,000 megawatts of dispatchable, on-demand generating capacity and approximately 350,000-megawatt-hours of large-scale storage to the National Electricity Market, enough to power three million homes over the course of a week.

Dumaresq Solar Farm

The Dumaresq Solar Farm is a proposed circa 190MW PV development with associated large scale Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) on site. The Project Site is located approximately 75 kms north of Inverell in Regional New South Wales. The site offers a number of elements including being intersected by Transgrid’s 330kv Dumaresq to Bulli Creek Interconnector.

It is estimated that the Investment Capital associated with this project will be not less than A$225,000,000 and will offer approximately 150+ jobs during the construction phase and around 5 full-time jobs for the long-life operation of the asset.

Narrabri Gas Project by Santos

Santos is an Australian domestic gas supplier and has been working to provide energy to homes and businesses across Australia and Asia for more than 65 years. During this time, Santos has been working in partnership with local communities, providing Australian jobs and business opportunities, safely and sustainably developing Australia’s natural gas resources, and powering Australian industries and households.
With its origins in the Cooper Basin, Santos has one of the largest exploration and production acreages in Australia and extensive infrastructure and is committed to supplying the domestic markets, unlocking resources and driving value and performance.

On 30 September 2020, Santos received EIS approval from the NSW Independent Planning Commission, followed by EPBC Approval on the 24th November 2020 from the Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment, to develop the Narrabri Gas Project.

Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project has the potential to supply up to 200 terajoules of natural gas per day, which is sufficient gas to meet up to half of NSW’s natural gas demand. This is the natural gas that heats and powers more than one million family homes in NSW and fuels some 33,000 businesses. About 500 heavy industrial users consume approximately 75 percent of the gas supplied to NSW and it is estimated that about 300,000 jobs rely on a safe, affordable and secure supply of natural gas.

All of the gas produced from the Narrabri Gas Project will be made available for the NSW market to optimise the opportunities for the use of gas as a source of energy including via a high-pressure gas transmission pipeline.

In addition to the provision of energy to the state, the project would create approximately 1300 jobs during the initial construction phase and around 200 direct and indirect jobs throughout the operational phase, many of which will be locally based. Over its life, the project will generate around $1.2 billion in State royalties to help provide important services like education, health and transport infrastructure. The local community will also benefit from a Gas Community Benefit Fund totalling up to $120 million which will support local community programs and initiatives.

Project Speakers

The Connecting Industry Conference NSW features prime industry speakers from some of the largest resource and construction projects in New South Wales.  Starting from 9 am (AEDT) on February 18, each speaker presents their project’s scope, timelines and potential procurement opportunities including Q&A. The Connecting Industry Conference NSW will conclude at 1.30 pm.

David Watt, Inland Rail Head of Commercial

David joined the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) in 2020 as Head of Commercial for the Inland Rail Program. He is accountable for the Program’s commercial strategy, assurance, procurement and delivery strategy, as well as all procurement and contract management activities and insurance services.
David has more than 25 years’ experience across all aspects of commercial management, risk management, contract management, project management and general management – both on project sites and in the corporate environment – and brings his most recent experience from a range of Director-level roles at SNC-Lavalin.

David’s sector experience includes rail, construction (high rise, industrial, commercial, housing), aeronautical, mining, major infrastructure, ports and marine, and heavy power construction in Australia, Canada, the UK and Southern Africa.

Sam Riggall, Clean TeQ Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Riggall has spent his career in the mining and technology industries as a company director, senior executive, adviser and investor. He has worked extensively in specialty minerals, initially as mining executive for the Rio Tinto Group’s portfolio of industrial minerals businesses, and over the past decade in battery materials. Mr. Riggall has worked in exploration, evaluation, development and operations, having served as a director on several public and private boards in Australia and overseas. He brings deep and extensive insight to the interface between emerging technologies and raw material markets and is an active advocate for reforming supply chains to accelerate innovation and better manage risk.
Prior to Clean TeQ, Mr. Riggall was head of strategy and planning at Ivanhoe Mines, where he worked actively in Central Asia, Africa and Australia. In his roles at both Rio Tinto and Ivanhoe, Mr Riggall was responsible for the review of capital allocation decisions and new project generation. He has led negotiations with national governments and parliaments to secure long-term mine development agreements, as well as actively defending nationalization and expropriation cases in many parts the world.

Mr. Riggall holds law and economics degrees from the University of Melbourne, and a MBA from Melbourne Business School. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and was awarded the Honour Medal of Economic and Financial Service by the Government of Mongolia for his contribution to Mongolia’s economic and social development.

Matthew Flower, CWP Renewables Project Manager Uungula Wind Farm

Matthew Flower is CWP Renewables’ Project Manager for the proposed Uungula Wind Farm and is based in CWP Renewables’ Newcastle office. Matthew has over thirteen years’ experience in project management, environmental impact assessment and approvals. Matthew has experience with developing multiple winds and solar farm sites throughout NSW including the Sapphire Solar and Storage project in the NSW New England Region.

Matthew’s focus is environmental approvals and community liaison and is passionate about being part of the transition in large-scale energy generation. Since graduating from Macquarie University in Sydney in the early 2000s Matthew has worked all over Australia on a wide variety of development projects.

Quentin Hill, Carpentaria Resources Limited Managing Director

Quentin Hill, Carpentaria Resources Limited Managing Director is a geologist with more than 24 years’ experience in exploration and development in Australia. He has wide-ranging commodity experience including gold, iron ore, coal and base metals. Quentin was Carpentaria’s Senior Geologist when the Company listed and was integral in the discovery of the Hawsons Iron Project.
As Managing Director he has overseen successful resource upgrades, product marketing efforts and a pre-feasibility study that have created a stable technical platform for project development and positioned Hawsons to be widely accepted by off-takers as the leading high-quality iron project in the world. With the latest transaction to consolidate project ownership, 94% within Carpentaria Quentin has also overseen the stable commercial platform for the development of the project.

Prior to his 10 years with Carpentaria, Quentin held technical positions with major miners, including seven years with Delta Gold and with Vale’s coal division. He also held a senior role in the Queensland Government, where he implemented several exploration funding initiatives. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and holds a graduate certificate in business administration.

Mike Whitbread, RES Australia: Head of Solar and Storage Development

Mike Whitbread is the Head of Solar and Storage Development for RES in Australia.
The Solar and Storage team develop standalone utility-scale solar, BESS (battery energy storage system) and hybrid projects throughout Australia. Prior to joining the RES team in Australia, Mike worked for RES in Japan and the UK, developing both wind and solar projects across Europe, Turkey and South Africa, having joined RES in 2002.

Dean Lynch, Snowy 2.0 Relations Manager

A fifth-generation resident of the Monaro and Snowy Mountains region, Dean Lynch is the Snowy 2.0 Relations Manager at Snowy Hydro, working closely with project stakeholders. Presenting with a member of the Future Generation JV procurement team, Dean has been a leader in the community as Mayor of the Cooma Monaro Shire (8 years) and administrator of the Snowy Monaro Regional Council (2 years).
A graduate of Charles Sturt University, he also has extensive experience in business, as the former owner and operator of a chain of electrical retail stores, and in civil earthworks and contracting. Dean remains a retail business owner in Cooma and owns and manages Kunuma Stud, the highest Angus stud in Australia at 1400m. Dean Lynch will be accompanied by Clough Operations Manager and Snowy 2.0 Project Management team member Geoff Scott.

Having over 25 years in the construction industry, Geoff has worked across a number of market sectors including Oil & Gas, Mining, Mineral Processing, Renewable Energies and Water and is experienced in the full project lifecycle from concept development, project start-ups, full construction, commissioning and handover on EPC, Alliance, EPCM style projects.

Geoff has covered roles in project engineering, engineering management, construction management and full project management in various disciplines of earthworks, civil, mechanical installations, process equipment, materials handling, marine works, pipelines, pumping stations and power plants. Recently leading the East Coast of Australia and PNG over the last few years, Geoff jumped at the opportunity to work full time on the exciting Snowy2.0 where he is on the Executive Committee for the project.

Nicholas Assef, Halo Renewable Energy Managing Director

Nicholas Assef is the Founder and Managing Director of Halo Renewable Energy. Halo Renewable Energy is a renewable energy developer operating initially across a growing portfolio of projects in NSW, Australia. Halo Renewable Energy’s current projects span from 5MW through to 190MW + Solar PV. Each project is being designed to be optimized using state of the art Battery Energy Storage systems.

Nicholas is also the Principal and Founder of LCC Asia Pacific, an advisory firm consulting to public and private companies, financial sponsors and government entities. Nicholas is an investment banker providing strategic advice on M & A transactions, shareholder value initiatives, complex negotiations and corporate strategy and services predominantly public company clients, ranging from small-cap through to Fortune 100.

Todd Dunn, Project Manager Narrabri, Santos

Todd joined Santos in 2011 and took up the role as Project Manager Narrabri in February 2019 with primary responsibility for the delivery of the Narrabri Gas Project.
With over 15 years’ experience in engineering, operational and leadership roles within the oil and gas sector, Todd has gained extensive experience both within Australia and Internationally. Within Santos he has held various positions including NSW Operations Manager and Operations Engineering Team Leader and holds degrees in Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Hons) and Bachelor of Business Management and is a Chartered Engineer. In addition to his role in delivering the Narrabri Gas Project, Todd is also a Non-Executive Director of Summit Community Services which provides housing and disability services within the Narrabri region.

Breakout sessions

The Connecting Industry Conference NSW features four breakout sessions with speakers delivering presentations and discussions focused on the procurement space. Topics of discussion are based on the supply chain, business planning, operations management, business development and local content.

From left to right: Jason Manttan, Ian Hudson, Kate Swain, Ben Hughes. Source: Connecting Industry

Jason Manttan, Inland Rail Supply Chain Manager

Jason Manttan has broad experience across public and private sector organizations in the areas of business and economic development, local industry participation, supply chain improvement and contracting and procurement. He led the development and implementation of local content programs for numerous projects, assisting organisations such as Arrow Energy, Destination Brisbane Consortium, Origin Energy, Rio Tinto and Shell QGC, as well as Arrow Energy’s procurement agents Clough Amec Joint Venture and DHL. Jason was also an instrumental team member during the implementation of the Origin Energy Regional Buy Program, utilising the Online Procurement System.

Jason developed and managed the implementation of Arrow’s Local Content Policy and Strategy for the multi-billion-dollar upstream CSG to LNG project and has also run a bespoke local content consultancy. This involved supporting project owners and contractors develop and implement local content policies and strategies, including that for the RangeLink Consortium on the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Project.

During 12 years in the industry and economic development roles within the Queensland Government, Jason developed an in-depth understanding and appreciation for the challenges affecting the Queensland industry and the mechanisms to support them. He has a degree and graduate certificate in business (majoring in marketing, human resources and finance) and a graduate diploma in corporate governance. Inland Rail is committed to using local suppliers, skills and labour, where possible, and ensuring environmental, community and economic considerations are embedded in the procurement process.

In this breakout session, Jason will discuss how to get involved in this once-in-a-generation project. Jason will outline current and upcoming procurement opportunities, time frames, the procurement process and how you can stay informed about the latest developments on Inland Rail tenders.

Ian Hudson, Industry Capability Network Executive Director

Ian Hudson is the Executive Director of Industry Capability Network (ICN) in NSW. ICN supports local and regional business communities by helping businesses access major project new business opportunities or individual buyer requirements.
At ICN, Ian has held roles as Regional Manager in Central West NSW, where he engaged SMEs in major mining, construction and transport projects. Prior to that, he held an Agrifood industry role and Aboriginal business development mentoring role.

With almost 10 years at ICN, Ian now leads a passionate team of people located in regional and metropolitan NSW who are intent on helping buyers efficiently develop a competitive and capable supply chain by finding and introducing competent suppliers.In this breakout session, Ian will provide a brief description of the NSW projects not already covered in the agenda that are on ICN Gateway. He will also provide links to various places where more information about forthcoming projects can be found and how to engage. This will include a few tips and tricks on getting the most out of your ICN Gateway presence.

Kate Swain, McCullough Robertson Leading Environmental and Planning Lawyer

Kate Swain is a Partner in the environment and planning team at McCullough Robertson and has worked extensively for clients throughout New South Wales, primarily in the resources and renewables sectors. She has extensive experience in providing complex legal advice in relation to a breadth of environmental, planning, and administrative law issues, including various litigation matters in the Land and Environment Court. In recognition of her achievements, Kate is listed in Best Lawyers Australia 2021 as a leading lawyer in Planning and Environmental Law.

Whilst there are extensive opportunities to provide construction, engineering, manufacturing and other services to the resources and renewable sectors, in this breakout session, Kate will discuss how it is critical that, as a contractor, you understand your obligations to comply with relevant environmental and planning approvals and will address the key approvals to be aware of and the potential offences that a contractor may be liable for if the statutory regimes are breached.

Ben Hughes, Principal at Hughes et al

Ben Hughes is the Principal at Hughes et al, a local content consultancy working with resources and infrastructure projects who want to increase manufacturing and deliver on regional jobs.
Ben began his career in local content in 2008 and has represented a range of proponents and contractors throughout Australia. He has only recently published the ‘Project Directors Local Content Guidance Note’ which provides thought leadership on how projects can maximise local content. Hughes et al work for tender and delivery teams and project owners to design and implement local jobs, supply, and regional capability projects.

In his recent book, Project Directors Local Content Guidance Note, Ben compares building infrastructure projects in regions to an A380 coming in to land on a bush airstrip and he will be discussing lessons learned on how regional economic stakeholders, suppliers and employment service providers can increase the economic opportunity in their community by making it easy for infrastructure projects to deliver projects.

Nicola Curtis, Facilitator and Master of Ceremonies

Nicola Curtis, Facilitator and Master of Ceremonies. Source: Connecting Industry
Nicola Curtis is a keynote speaker, facilitator, and Master of Ceremonies for major industry events and has over 18 years of experience working in the resource and construction industry.

Nicola is a qualified trainer, accredited auditor, and workplace rehabilitation coordinator and has extensive experience in mining, heavy manufacturing, transport and infrastructure including RTO management and oil and gas and is currently the Health, Safety, Environment, Quality and Security Manager for MAXAM Australia, PNG and the Pacific Islands.

Nicola is also a small business owner and is the managing director of OHS72 which provides high-quality custom-designed systems and training incorporating health, safety, environment and quality assurance management systems and certification audit programs across the resource and construction industry.

Interactive sessions

The Connecting Industry Conference enables and encourages delegates to participate in interactive live sessions. Throughout the program, interactive sessions will invite your participation and delegates can submit questions for the facilitator to put to project presenters and breakout speakers in these interactive sessions. The facilitators will also invite delegates to submit their votes in live polling on key issues. Poll results will be instantly available for discussion.


To access the delegate lists via the Connecting Industry Conference, simply follow the prompts. Once logged in you can continue your conference discussions via the messaging function found on participating delegate profiles to access email and phone contact information as well as hold personal live face to face private meetings.

My Favourites & Notes

The Connecting Industry Conference offers a personalized program. Simply bookmark the program sessions that you want and then find them via the My Favourites & Notes icon under My Schedule. Upload a photo and delegate details (visible only to registered delegates) via the My Favourites & Notes icon.

Conference partners

The Connecting Industry Conference acknowledges conference sponsors, to find out more simply select a sponsor to access their website for more details or organize a live face to face meeting right then and there.

The Connecting Industry Conference quick reference experience:

  • Personal schedules: make it easy and stress-free to select sessions and personalize your schedule;
  • Organize live and private face to face meetings: you can request a private meeting in real-time with project speakers, sponsors, and other attendees including accessing all contact details on request:
  • Dynamic event guide: keep up to date with instant access to time-sensitive and specialised content and receive the right information at the right time;
  • Notes: take notes directly and download them after the event;
  • Contact exchange: network with speakers, sponsors and other attendees and share contact information safely and securely;
  • One-to-one messaging: fast and easy attendee-to-attendee messaging that boasts privacy controls, quick searches and message blocking;
  • Push notifications: keep informed with important announcements and key news;
  • Instant updates: keep up to date with any last-minute changes in a snap;
  • Appointments: schedule appointments with speakers, sponsors or attendees.
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